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The Wasted Times (2016)

Luo man di ke xiao wang shi (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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Over the course of several decades, a deal between the Japanese army and criminals in Shanghai plays out with violence and betrayal.

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Er Cheng

Writer:

Er Cheng
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
You Ge ... Mister Lu
Ziyi Zhang ... Xiao Liu
Tadanobu Asano ... Watabe
Chun Du ... Killer
Gillian Chung ... Xiao Wu
Baogang Zhao Baogang Zhao
Dahong Ni
Quan Yuan Quan Yuan
Ni Yan
Geng Han
Siyan Huo
Jiang Du
Chuan-jun Wang Chuan-jun Wang
Xing Lv Xing Lv
Wallace Chung
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Over the course of several decades, a deal between the Japanese army and criminals in Shanghai plays out with violence and betrayal.

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Drama

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Country:

China

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luomandike xiaowang shi See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,514, 18 December 2016

Gross USA:

$386,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,345,372
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Color:

Color | Black and White (one scene)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Masterpiece
19 April 2017 | by wesc-5-62313See all my reviews

There is not a shot out of place, not a word uttered or note of music that is not just right in this film. I admit I had to watch it twice to get all the nuances. You must listen for when they are speaking Shanghainese or Japanese and you must understand a bit about what was happening in china and shanghai in 1937. There are family ties, triad ties, Japanese secret society ties and love ties. There is betrayal of all these ties. Jumping back and forth in time makes the plot unravel slowly and like a game of mah-jong the final betrayal is revealed when all the tiles are exposed at the end. This is a great movie. It does not have any kung-fu or wire-work or epic slow motion gunfights and white doves - but it is a truly original masterpiece. I recommend it to anyone who wants to see a thoughtful movie and be challenged by what a great piece of cinema is.


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